After much preparation and anticipation, the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is finally here! The exhilaration and exhaustion, wildness and wondrousness of CSW has begun.
This weekend, WILPF US held a training for their young women leaders and long-standing activists programme, where WILPF’s Reaching Critical Will Director, Ray Acheson, and WILPF’s PeaceWomen Director, Abigail Ruane briefed.
The WILPF Integrated Approach, Women’s Empowerment, and Sustainable Development
Ray Acheson introduced participants to the WILPF Integrated Approach to peace and security. She explained how gendered assumptions about brave, rational, risk-taking, masculine actors are defined in opposition to weak, emotional, feminine others, and how these unequal relations of power facilitate militarism and violence.
She shared information from the work of WILPF’s Disarmament programme on the humanitarian impact of small arms and light weapons and action to cut military spending, stop killer robots, and ban nuclear weapons.
Abigail Ruane shared information about the work of WILPF’s Women, Peace and Security programme on strengthening a holistic approach to the Women, Peace and Security that builds on the 2015 Global Study recommendations to reduce militarisation and ensure women’s substantive political participation and rights across the conflict spectrum.
She introduced participants to the Commission on the Status of Women as an entity founded around the dual purpose of being both as “sparkplug for women’s interests” and also a means of mainstreaming gender equality more broadly. She shared how this year’s priority theme, on women’s empowerment and sustainable development, is a critical part of conflict prevention and moving from a political economy of war to a political economy of peace. “It is time to move from commitments to accomplishments.”
Discussion highlighted the importance of strengthening solidarity to address all forms of militarism, exploitation and violence, including based race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, ability, and otherwise.
Participants met old friends and new ones, shared information, and planned action.
WILPF Events at CSW
This week, we are looking forward to our main events:
- Tuesday 15 March, 1:00PM-5:00PM, “Implementing the Women, peace and Security Agenda: A Roadmapfor the 1325 Global Study Recommendations” (organised by WILPF, MADRE, Sorensen Center, AWID, MenEngage, NGO WG on WPS, and Nobel Women’s Initiative), at the CUNY School of Law, 2 Courts Square, Long Island City (Two subway stops from the UN: 7 train to Court Square).
- Friday 18 March, 11:30-1:00PM – The Syrian Regional Crisis: A Women’s Rights Perspective on Humanitarian Action and Protection (Organised by CARE International, Bihar Relief Organisation, WILPF and the UK NGO CSW Alliance), at the Baha’i International Community Centre, 866 UN Plaza, NY.
We are also looking forward to our other supported events:
- Monday 14 March, 6:15PM – 8:00 PM – What Has the Empowerment of Women and Girls Got to Do With Sustainable Development? (WILPF US) at the Church Centre for the United Nations (CCUN), Drew Room, Basement.
- Thursday 17 March, 10:30 – 12PM – Women’s Leadership in the Korea Peace Process (WILPF, Women Cross DMZ and United Methodist Women) at UN Church Centre Boss Room, 8th Fl.
- Thursday 17 March, 12 – 4PM – Accelerating Implementation of the WPS Agenda: Mobilising Feminist Peace Activists for Accountability and Action (Closed WILPF Training).
- Friday 18 March, 4:30 – 5:30 PM – It Takes Two to Tango (organised by WILPF, MenEngage, Sonke Gender Justice, Breakthrough, Stony Brook University, ABAAD) at Salvation Army, Downstairs Room, 221 E 52nd Street.
- Monday 21 March, 4:30 PM- 6:00 PM – Expanding Gender Equality, Unbinding the Gender Binary (organised WILPF US) at the Church Centre for the United Nations (CCUN), Drew Room, Basement.
To see our full agenda, check out PeaceWomen’s overview of WPS events at CSW here.
Hope to see you at one of our events, or follow along with you on social media with our hashtags #UNSCR1325, #CSW60 and @WILPF @Peace_Women.